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Minimum Wage


State Labor, Department of

The minimum wage in New York City is $15.00 per hour. The New York State Department of Labor oversees wage regulations in New York State. Businesses employing people in New York State should be aware of wage requirements and regulations.

Starting December 31, 2019, all employees in New York City must be paid at least $15.00 per hour. Starting July 1, 2021, all other Fast Food Workers throughout the New York State must be paid at least $15.00 per hour. Starting December 31, 2021, all employees in Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties must be paid at least $15.00 per hour.

Starting December 31, 2020, all employees who work in the balance of the State (outside of New York City or Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, other than Fast Food Workers) must be paid at least $12.50 per hour. On December 31 of each year, starting in 2021, the minimum wage for this group will be increased at rates to be determined annually until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour.

If you need additional assistance or want to file a complaint, please call: 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365).

Wage orders published by the Department of Labor can modify the minimum wage rate for workers in certain industries. Businesses should contact the Department of Labor if they will apply any credits, such as meals or tips, towards meeting the minimum wage rate. It is illegal to pay employees below the wage rate.

Under the Wage Theft Prevention Act, private employers in New York State must provide all of their employees (both exempt and non-exempt) with a pay notice. This pay notice must include the following information:

  • Pay rate, including overtime if applicable;
  • How the employee is paid (hourly, shift, day, week, piece, etc.);
  • When pay day is;
  • The Doing Business As (DBA) name of the employer; and
  • Contact information of the employer, such as the address and telephone number
  • Any allowances towards the minimum wage(tips, meals, lodging, etc);

Businesses should keep copies of all of their pay notices.

For more information about the minimum wage or other labor regulations, please contact the Department of Labor.


NYS Department of Labor

Division of Labor Standards
State Office Building Campus, Building 12
Albany, NY 12240
Phone (518) 457-9000

Or: (888) 469-7365

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